1870 is the setting for the newest Wild West adventure from newcomer, Stacey Kayne. A rollicking good time will be had by readers as they embark on a hunt to take care of the bad guys out to get Rachell Carlson and bring her back to the Nightingale Saloon.
Jed Doulan is expecting to pick up a widowed boardinghouse keeper, but instead finds a saloon girl. He’s a loner; he doesn’t need this complication in his life. Though he is used to a solitary existence, he is suddenly married to the lovely Rachell and luring her pursuers to Shadow Canyon for a showdown. Struggling to keep his distance from his lovely bride, the rugged loner manages to fall in love just the same. But will the couple be able to overcome their individual pasts to form a lasting bond?
A fast paced, highly enjoyable story of opposites attracting and overcoming the odds against them; BRIDE OF SHADOW CANYON is a fine example of the Western American genre. Rachell is a shy and less-than-domestic woman who knows what she wants and goes after it. She is stubborn and brave and strong in the face of adversity. Jed is a true American hero; a shadowy gunman who has lived on his own for so long, he has no idea what home and family mean; much less love and kindness. He is a man’s man; willing to protect the innocent at all costs, yet is afraid to believe in the power of love. I was greatly enamored of this couple and felt toward them like old friends; I cheered them on, I cursed the villains and I shed a few tears at the end. BRIDE OF SHADOW CANYON has earned a place on my “keeper” shelves; I don’t find too many Westerns that embody the genre nowadays, but this one certainly does.